Ode to Curate: What tools do you use?

Posted: February 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Being Friday, I have been toggling between work and exploring the latest tech news online. I stumbled upon New York Time’s Nick Bilton podcasting about Controlled Serendipity: the challenges of consuming monstrous amounts of information on the web and making sense of it all.

The desire and need to aggregate and curate the content is the norm for most of us. As the Internet becomes more pervasive and technologically able, its characteristics will naturally morph to reflect human tendencies, behaviours and lifestyle choices. The popularity of social networks and tools is proof of this.

So my question to you is this: what online tools do you use to organise and manage information and other bits of content from the web?

A day in the life of @schmediachick typically involves  (in no particular order):

  1. Scan and Filter: I use Google Reader to aggregate news from selected sites into the one spot
  2. Aggregate: If I’m excited about the news or see value of using it later on, I would share the link on Twitter for future reference
  3. Tag and Organise: If I stumble upon a cool article, I would either Tweet about this or use Delicious, a social bookmarking site that let’s you organise and store articles on their site
  4. Extract and Curate:  there are many Twitter apps that allow you to export your Tweets into Excel. I personally use Tweetake for its simple one step process. Curation occurs here, on Blog hosting platforms like WordPress and Posterous.

Add your tools here!

  1. You asked for it, Denise. But first, the set up – I deliberately choose to used collaborative, open and sharing focussed services where they provide good value. It’s a personal and business choice for me.

    Email and calendar – Google Apps Pro
    Documents – Google Apps Pro
    News and reading – Google Reader with Feedly
    Financials – Saasu
    Time sheeting and project budgeting – Harvest
    Project management – Basecamp
    Task management – Remember the Milk
    Bookmarks – Delicious
    Events – Facebook, Upcoming or Eventbrite (depends on audience)
    Business contacts – LinkedIn
    Conversation – Twitter, Facebook
    Photos – Flickr
    Videos – YouTube, Google Video or Vimeo (depends on length and quality needed)
    Presentations/speaking – Slideshare
    Travel management – Dopplr and Tripit (they talk to each other)
    Library management – LibraryThing and I’m testing Goodreads
    Music – Last.fm
    Writing and marketing – http://www.acidlabs.org

    I quite seriously have active, used profiles on all these services. The benefits I realise are far beyond the small subscription cost paid versions of some of these apps cost me per year (well under $1000 total).

    I’m more than happy to connect with most folks as relevant on these services, provided there’s a tangible, identifiable connection. I don’t consider myself amongst the “open networker” crowd. I have to know or be connected to people one way or another before I’ll accept a connection on a social network.

  2. Geoff says:

    On any given day, I would use these services 99% of the time:

    Twitter | for conversation, sharing, general play.
    Foursquare | currently just experimenting with tracking my movements, but last night was the first time there was a practical use where my friend gave me a call based on me checking in to a place near where she was, then we met up for a drink.
    Digg | sharing and curating news.
    Last.fm | not so much for finding music, but tracking my scrobbles and events management.
    Facebook | has become my friendfeed, where all my online activities get fed to.

    Services I no longer use include Google Reader, Brightkite, Friendfeed and Plurk.

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